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Hi. We are Clayspace Daylesford. We're a collective of passionate potters from rural Australia. We live in a small country town, but we dream big. We want to share our love of clay and the ancient craft of pottery with you. You the lovers of art, the lovers of handmade, the lovers of wild imagination and creative joy. Help us create the ultimate working, teaching ceramics studio to bring a bit of art to the country!



Sometimes in rural areas art can be forgotten. That's why, in  2010, we set up a not for profit co-operative, with the aim of creating a supportive space that would enable the artistic exchange of knowledge & ideas in our small community. We wanted to create a place where art, craft, making & playing is key. Where people can connect with their creativity, get their hands dirty and make something beautiful. 



We've worked hard over the past four years to try and make this dream a reality. We've built up a membership of around fifty clay lovers from all over the region and with their support, fundraising and grants we've managed to achieve some really great things for our community. We've held workshops, artist talks, built a wood kiln, set up various studio/retail spaces, but one thing we've been missing is a permanent home. Our town is a vibrant tourist town and as such, affordable rental space is hard to come by. Unlike most city areas there are no subsidised artist studios, and in September of this year we were asked to vacate the space we were using as a studio/retail space. Its been a couple of months of uncertainty, but we now have the opportunity to see everything come together in one fantastic space.



So here's what we plan to do. With your help we're going to take this empty space and turn it into a kickass studio / teaching / retail space. The new location has room for half a dozen wheels, big tables for people to play and work with clay, space enough for members to sell the things they create & a place for our kiln. Our hope is that by first term next year we will be able to offer kids clay classes, the only kids art classes in Daylesford. One of our members plans to start a class for people with dementia. Then of course there's the regular grown ups who just want to make something, do something with their hands, fulfil a creative urge. We already own the majority of the equipment we need, but we really need your help to secure the space and make it beautiful & functional for everyone to use. So lets get started!



There are some great rewards on offer, including the big one, a bowl by Clayspace Daylesford director, muse and mentor, Petrus Spronk. You can read more about Petrus and his inspirational art here and here.

How The Funds Will Be Used

If we reach our goal:

$3,500 will secure the studio for six months giving us a vital platform to become financially sustainable.

$1,000 (and time donated by local tradespeople) to renovate the space and make it workable and beautiful.

$500 will go towards finishing the kiln installation.

An extra $1000 will allow us to finish the kiln installation completely and have that baby up and running! 
Anything more will allow us to purchase more wheels to accommodate more students and assist with on going running costs.

The Challenges

The only obstacle we can foresee at this stage is not raising enough money to get the studio up and running. But if we can do that, with your help, we really wholeheartedly believe this project will be a rip roaring success. 

And then there will be lots more of this... :)


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A$5 +Hero of dirty hands.Pledgers of $5+ will receive a personal shout out on social media to say a massive thanks for your greatly appreciated support of this project.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$25 +Remembered forever.You will receive a shout out on social media to say a massive thanks for your greatly appreciated support of this project & your name will be forever inscribed on our studio sponsors wall.
15 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$40 +Clayspace Membership.You will receive a thank you shout out on social media, your name forever inscribed on our studio sponsors wall and Clayspace Membership which includes free admission to artist talks, discounted studio access, newsletter subscription etc.
20 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$60 +Handmade ceramic cup.You will receive a beautiful handmade ceramic cup by one of our founding members, a shout out on social media and your name forever inscribed on our studio sponsors wall. Image is an example only and each reward will be unique.
11 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$80 +All GonePorcelain Necklace.You will receive one of two porcelain and copper handmade necklaces by Clayspace member Tania Verdez of Imagine Lovely AND a big thank you shout out on social media plus your name on our studio supporters wall.
6 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$100 +Handmade ceramic bowl.You will receive a gorgeous handmade bowl by one of our founding members AND a big thank you shout out on social media, your name forever inscribed on our studio sponsors wall. Image is an example only- each reward will be unique.
8 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is March 2015
A$120 +All GoneCarved Stoneware Planter.You will receive a beautiful carved stoneware planter by Clayspace member Minna Graham + a huge thank you on social media & your name on our studio supporters wall. Note: does not include plants!
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$200 +Kath Wratten Oil PaintingYou will receive this beautiful 60cm square oil painting by artist & Clayspace member Kath Wratten + a big thank you shout out on social media & your name on our studio sponsors wall.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$300 +Mirror Pool Platter. You will recieve 'The Mirror Pool' 35cm soft sculptural platter with mirror black glaze by Clayspace member Kim Haughie + a big shout out on social media & your name on our studio supporters wall.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$450 +A day with clay.You will receive a day in the Clayspace studio in Daylesford with your very own personal ceramics teacher to help you create something beautiful from clay. Hand form or wheel form, functional or sculptural, you choose. All materials & firing included, as well as a lunch of locally sourced organic produce. You will also receive a big thank you shout out on social media and your name inscribed on our studio sponsors wall. Please note- this reward does not include travel to & from Daylesford.
0 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2015
A$1000 +Bowl by Petrus SpronkYou will receive this amazing bowl from renowned ceramic artist, sculptor and writer Petrus Spronks 'Inner Lanscape' series. Petrus is most famous for his sculptural work 'Architectural Fragment', that emerges from the pavement outside the State Library in the Melbourne and he is a key member of Clayspace Daylesford. His work is highly sought after and collected. A piece like this would be priced at around $1500 at exhibition. It comes with a handwritten signed statement by the artist.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014